Underdog Ironman athlete stars in version of famous Michael Phelps commercial

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You may remember Johnny Agar from the 2016 Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii.

Agar, who was born with cerebral palsy, and his dad, former minor-league pitcher Jeff Agar, didn’t make the bike cutoff in Kona, but they’re still doing triathlons.

To motivate Johnny, his mom created a video of his training based off Michael Phelps‘ famous Under Armour ad from 2016.

The Agars are scheduled to compete in an Ironman 70.3 race in Florida this weekend, a qualifier for Kona.

Phelps got word of the video and reached Johnny by phone this week to wish him luck for the race.

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Gwen Jorgensen pregnant, to sit out 2017 triathlon season

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Olympic triathlon champion Gwen Jorgensen is pregnant and will not compete this year.

“Just kind of take this year a little bit easier,” Jorgensen said in videos posted on Facebook on Thursday. “I’m going to swim, bike, run as much as I can, but I don’t really know how much I can do.”

The baby is due Aug. 3, according to Jorgensen’s social media, and hopes to return to competition as quickly as possible after the birth. The international triathlon season runs from March through mid-September.

Jorgensen, 30, became the first U.S. Olympic triathlon champion in Rio after going in as the heavy favorite.

She has said for months that she planned to take time off to have a baby before returning to defend her Olympic title at Tokyo 2020, and Tokyo is still the goal.

Swiss Nicola Spirig, the 2012 Olympic gold medalist and 2016 silver medalist, is reportedly expecting a child in May.

In Jorgensen and Spirig’s absences, the top triathletes going into the season are defending world champion Flora Duffy of Bermuda, U.S. Olympians Katie Zaferes and Sarah True and Britons Vicky Holland and Helen Jenkins.

Jorgensen’s last competition was the New York City Marathon on Nov. 6, when she finished 14th in her first running race longer than 10 miles.

The World Triathlon Series kicks off in Abu Dhabi the first weekend of March.

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Nicola Spirig, Olympic triathlon champ, pregnant again

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Nicola Spirig is pregnant with her second child, due in May, and said she is open to competing in her fifth Olympics in 2020 if she has a medal chance, according to Swiss media.

Spirig, 34, won the 2012 Olympic triathlon in a photo finish over Sweden’s Lisa Norden. Then she gave birth to Yannis in March 2013 before coming back to take silver behind American Gwen Jorgensen in Rio.

Spirig is the only woman to win multiple Olympic triathlon medals. No triathlete has competed in five Olympics.

Jorgensen, 30, also hopes to have a baby next year and return to defend her title at Tokyo 2020.

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